Vancouver Island Totem Tour
Pristine wilderness, wildlife and some of the most spectacular scenery in the world are yours to experience on Cycle BC's "Totem Tour," which has been revised for 2014. Vancouver Island lies westward of the mainland of British Columbia. Running southeast to northwest a distance of some 650 km's and at the widest, from east to west about 200 km's. Easily accessed from cities such as Seattle or Vancouver by ferry or air travel, the Island is a jewel in the Pacific.
ENDLESS OCEAN, TOWERING TREES AND UNTOUCHED WILD.
The West Coast of British Columbia is often called the best place on Earth and for good reason. Vancouver island is home to one of the oldest surving rainforests in the world. An endless coast line wraps around the island, providing a variety of chaging landscapes which allow for excellent scenic winding roads.
|Strait of Georgia
This narrow 55km strip of water seperates mainland British Columbia from Vancouver Island. Many islands, large and small, are spread throughout the straight. While on BC Ferries keep your eye out for migrating Orca whales, Porpoises and Eagles.
Known as "the city of gardens," Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. Taking inspiration from old English architecture, you will think that you are visiting a small Victorian town. Victoria is a small town that has a lot to offer, world class restaurants and views are only the beginning.
Cambell River is famous for fishing and a relaxed atmosphere. Make sure you enjoy a taste of the local seafood, this is about as fresh as you will find.
Imagine, all in one place, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, bear-watching, bird watching, camping, hiking, storm-watching and First Nations cultural learning. Surfing is big here, and Tofino was named the best surf town in North America in Outside Magazine's 2010 Editors' Choice awards. Look forward to riding Highway 4, the road in to Tofino that winds across Vancouver Island.
Before you ride down to Victoria you have to climb the Malahat highway. This stunning section of road connects the small town of Mill Bay to the capital of British Columbia, Victoria. Make a plan to stop at one of the many lookouts that offer views of Brentwood Bay. Stop at Goldstream Provincial Park to see cascading waterfalls and trees that are hundreds of years old.
The Sunshine Coast
Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver
The starting point for all of our tours is Vancouver. If arriving early enough, bikes are collected and then back to the hotel. Alternatively, bikes can be collected the next morning.
Day 2: Vancouver to Powell River - 175km/105mi
On day two you will get to experience the best of what British Columbia has to offer, the mountains and the sea. You will cross the famed Lions Gate Bridge, look straight ahead to see the two lion's head mountain peaks which give the bridge its name. A short ferry ride brings you to the Sunshine Coast for an exciting ride up to Powell River.
Day 3: Powell River to Telegraph Cove - 300km/185mi
Catch the ferry from Powell River to Comox. You will head north through Campbell River, the last major town before continuing up the island. As you journey out of town you will be greeted with wide open wilderness. The Northern region of Vancouver Island is a special place due to the abundant wild and marine life that thrives along the coast. The area is home to orca whales, as well as humpback, grey and minke whales, seals, sea lions, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea otters, porpoises, salmon, eagles, black bear, Roosevelt elk, deer and cougars inhabit the region. Tours are available to mainland inlets to see grizzly bears.
Day 4: Telegraph Cove- Campbell River - 200km/120mi
Begin your day with a 3 hour whale watching tour and then continue down to Campbell River, nestled on the East coast of central Vancouver Island. Long known as the "Salmon Capital of the World" and more recently as an adventure and eco-tourism hub, Campbell River is a great place to experience BC’s natural surroundings.
Day 5: Campbell River to Courtenay (via Gold River) - 270km/170mi
Today you will travel across the island to be rewarded with views of the wide open Pacific Ocean. You will travel to the small community of Gold River, before turning around for a climb into the mountains. In the afternoon to will be treated with a stop at the top of Mt. Washington, Vancouver Island’s largest winter ski resort. Ocean views and mountain vistas will keep you entertained throughout the day.
Day 6: Courtenay to Tofino - 225km/140mi
So far you have traveled the Northern part of the island, time to head west to experience one of our favourite places on Earth: Tofino. Today you will drive from Port Alberni to Tofino on the Pacific Rim Highway which has breathtaking views and awe-inspiring landscapes. This stretch of highway is one of best motorcycle roads on the island. The highway can become narrow at points, be careful about passing and watch out for camper vans.
Day 7: Tofino to Victoria - 315km/195mi
Well we hope you enjoyed your time in Tofino. Unfortunately, there is only one way back. The good thing is that the ride always seems different going in the opposite direction. Today you will be travelling east and then heading south. The vast majority of Vancouver Island’s population lives on the South end of the island. You will notice the city centers grow as you work your way down.
Day 8: Victoria to Vancouver - 80km/50mi
Welcome to Victoria! This little city has a lot of charm. Today you will be traveling to a BC ferry terminal and taking the boat back to Vancouver. Remember that motorcycles load first, so if there are long lineups, you will be directed to move up to the front. The trip over to the mainland is one and a half hours.
At Cycle BC our job is easy, Canada has already provided us with one of the most breathtaking backdrops in the world to stage our tours. All we had to do was provide the finest bikes the industry has to offer, combined with our unmatched service and you have the recipe for the trip of a lifetime.
On your tour you can expect to travel through Canada’s rugged wilderness on seemingly endless twisties finishing each day in a hand-picked, high quality accommodations with variety of options for great food. Along the way you will see unforgettable sights and experience some of the best roads Canada has to offer. From the first time we get in touch to when you are on your way home we look forward to having the opportunity to exceed your expectations every step of the way.
The tour was great. I'm glad I took the V-Strom. Really comfy ride. Wasn't prepared for how hot the weather got once I reached Banff. Was like riding into a hair dryer, and I was setting off early each day to get some riding in before it got too warm. Having said that, all I wanted to do on the last day was to ride straight past the depot and do the whole thing again.
We just wanted to say thank you for the incredible trip. It was great having the 2 days at Mt Robson. We spent the free day floating down the river on a raft and then we headed to Jasper and spent a bit of time there. We went up on the Tramway which has fantastic views. On the Lake Duffy Road we had an encounter with a young bear. He was so cute! (I know they aren't that cute at times but I am a tourist remember). And thanks for the fax advising us of the ghost town of Sandon. It was great!
Well here we are at the very beautiful Mt Robson b&b. we stopped & did the awesome 1 hour bear river cruise and got to see our first wild bears. Then had dinner at the Moose hotel in Valemount. Lucky with the weather as only a couple of light showers today. Claudia & Curtis were really nice, & it's my. Recommendation that people stay longer there as it’s a lovely spot to just chill out! Here we are in Banff, and are you kidding me that mountain ride was just unbelievable, we even saw a mountain goat, a huge Elk with big antlers and a deer which was standing right next to the road oblivious to the traffic doing over 120 km / hr past it.
The FJR is truly an awesome touring machine and just a pleasure to ride.
You’re right yesterday's ride was really nice winding around the lake. Also saw no less than three deer on the road as well. Now enjoying the hot springs here with a doggy paddle in the cave! Got to see some wild goats and an elk and a eagle as well.
Price For current pricing and booking details, please contact us.
Start & End Vancouver, British Columbia
Trip Length 8 days / 7 nights / 1700km / 1050mi
Daily Ride 300km / 4-5hours
The main goal of all of our tours is to provide one of the most comfortable, memorable and enjoyable trips of your life. Here are just a few of the things we include to accomplish that goal.
The Best Bikes
Choose from a wide selection of immaculately maintained, current model motorcycles including cruisers, sport touring and dual sport bikes. We are sure to have a bike to suit your riding style. All of our bikes come equipped with full luggage options and a myriad of accessories, such as heated grips, to make sure your tour is as comfortable as possible. Please take a look at our motorcycles to find the perfect bike for you.
The Best Accommodations
We have scoured the province and handpicked only top quality hotels and B&Bs with daily breakfast to make sure your tour of BC will be one of the most comfortable and memorable experiences you have ever had.
Quality Riding Gear
Just in case traveling with your gear is too much trouble, we are happy to provide helmets and gloves for both rider and passenger.
A Comprehensive Day Planner
A complete and easy to use day planner including maps, daily travel distances, alternate routes (where possible), where to make sure to fuel up, the best places to eat, interesting side trips and stops, lots of local information and more.
Although no one has ever gotten lost with our day planner, we provide a waterproof GPS unit to assist in guiding you on your tour. No more hassling with maps on a tank bag!
Pre Ride Booklet
If this is your first time visiting Canada, you’re in the experience of a lifetime. Canada is home to vast untouched wilderness and some of the friendliest people in the world. Our customs and rules of the road might be a bit different from what you are used to at home so we have put together a pre ride booklet that will cover everything you will need to know before you arrive.
Rider Care Kit
Nothing is worse than a noisy helmet and bugs covering your visor! In our Cycle BC Rider Care Kit we provide earplugs and a lens/windscreen cleaner with cloth to take care of any frustrations.
Emergency Roadside Kit
Even though our care for our bikes is second to none we provide an emergency roadside kit including a disc lock, tire pressure gauge, tire re-inflation kit and contact numbers for 24hr emergency support so you will never be left stranded in the event of a flat tire.
Once your motorcycle is packed for the tour what do you do with all of your luggage? We provide complimentary storage for any luggage you would like to leave behind while you ride. You can also ship any gear for your tour to us in advance so there is less to travel with. Once your tour is done we will even ship the gear back home to you!
A Full Tank of Gas
All of our bikes come with a full tank of gas so you can hit the road right away without any stops.
A valid driver's license in either English or French with motorcycle endorsement (must be present at the time of pick up). An international driver's permit may be required depending on your country of origin.
More than one year of riding experience on a similar sized bike to which you would like to take out.
A coverage deductible ranging from $2000.00-3000.00 depending on your choice of bike for the duration of the rental by means of credit card authorization only.
21 years of age or older.
Please refer to our Rental Policies for a detailed list of our rental requirements.